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The Best Online And IRL Events This Weekend: Oct. 23 - 25

A Fowler Museum program examines the calacas of Felipe Linares (Mexico, b. 1936), including 'La Calavera Don Quijote,' 1980, Papier-mâché. (Fowler Museum at UCLA, gift of Margery Nathanson)
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Check out comedy online and at the Rose Bowl. Drive in for concerts by former members of Oingo Boingo, Ziggy Marley and Pokey LaFarge. Celebrate Halloween early with events by Go Little Tokyo, Atlas Obscura and Risk! Storytelling. Attend a virtual artwalk and art night. Learn about Dia de los Muertos and ofrendas at online workshops. And don't forget to check the rest of our spooktacular Halloween event picks.

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Comedian Melinda Hill has a special release premiere party at the online Nowhere Comedy Club online on Friday. (Damon)

Friday, Oct. 23; 6 p.m. PDT

Melinda Hill Inappropriate*
The Nowhere Comedy Club brings Hill's new comedy special to your home via Zoom. Using laughter as medicine, she moves from trauma bonding to trauma mending. The screening is followed by a Q&A with Hill and fellow comedian Mary Lynn Rajskub. A meet-and-greet for VIP ticketholders ends the night.
COST: $10 - $30; MORE INFO

Friday, Oct. 23

Kino Lorber presents a newly restored version of a lost film that William Greaves made about the National Black Political Convention of 1972. Rediscovered in a Pittsburgh warehouse in 2018, the film documents the event in which 10,000 black politicians, activists and artists from across the political spectrum went to Gary, Indiana, to create a national unity platform in advance of the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions. Considered too radical for broadcast at the time, the heavily edited 60-minute version was the only one available for nearly five decades. Now the original 80-minute, full-cut version is available, with narration by Sidney Poitier and poems recited by Harry Belafonte.

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A sandwich and salad at Zinque in West Hollywood. (usestangerines/Flickr Creative Commons)

Friday, Oct. 23 - Sunday, Nov. 1

Eat + Drink Week 2020
Various locations in West Hollywood
Support WeHo's restaurant scene by taking advantage of special pre-fixe menus -- two items by day and three-courses in the evening -- or the eatery's regular offerings. Depending on the restaurant, patio dining, delivery or takeout options may be available. From BOA Steakhouse and Bossa Nova to The Abbey and Zinqué, participating restaurants can fill any craving.

Jonah Ray hosts the Halloween-themed Risk! storytelling show (Courtesy of Risk!)

Friday, Oct. 23; 7 p.m. PDT

RISK!'s Halloween Livestream
Watch the Halloween-themed storytelling show hosted by comedian Jonah Ray. Listen to unbelievably true (spooky, creepy funny) stories from Jacoby Cochran, Kate Cunningham, Kathleen Volk Miller and D'Arcee Charington. A portion of the proceeds from this show will benefit National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network.

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Friday, Oct. 23; 2:30 p.m. PDT

Accidental Discoveries: Dead Bodies
This Atlas Obscura series reveals how luck and accidents have led to major discoveries. This week -- just in time for Halloween -- host Kelly Reidy discusses studies of dead bodies in various states of decomposition, from bog bodies to mummies and even Vladimir Lenin.

Little Tokyo is getting ready for spooky fun this Halloween. (Prayitno / Thank you for (12 millions +) via Flickr/Creative Commons)

Friday, Oct. 23 - Saturday, Oct. 31

4th Annual Haunted Little Tokyo
Go Little Tokyo offers a mix of in-person and virtual spooktacular events. Activities throughout the week includes Little Tokyo Cocktail Demo - Virtual ($50), a Virtual Ghost Tour of Little Tokyo ($10), A BOO-SEUM of holiday appropriate art works on MOCA's Instagram (free); and a free in-person Haunted Little Tokyo Scavenger Hunt on Halloween.

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Friday, Oct. 23 - Saturday, Oct. 24; noon to noon

Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains Trails
The Bureau of Land Management and the United States Forest Service celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument with a public BioBlitz. All ages are invited to participate by using the free iNaturalist smartphone app to identify as many species of plants, animals, and other organisms as possible along designated National Monument trails. Learn about the inhabitants and natural habitats of the area while contributing to scientific research. Instructions for the app and a map of designated trails will be provided upon registration. Participants are encouraged to follow the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Dracula's Disco of the Night package features a Halloween party for two, delivered to your door. An add-on includes delivery by marionettes. (Courtesy Of the Night)

Fridays, Oct. 23 and Oct. 30

Dracula's Disco Of the Night
Get a Halloween party for two delivered straight to your doorstep. Of the Night has partnered with the Bob Baker Marionette Theater to create an at-home Halloween experience. The immersive party package includes snacks, booze and accoutrements (including fake blood, naturally). Ten percent of the profits will benefit the theater. The party pack is for adults 21+ but there are a number of add-ons including a kids pack ($100), a doorstep marionette performance/delivery by members of Bob Baker's troupe ($100) or a five-course fall tasting menu ($75).
COST: Packages start at $150; MORE INFO

The Fowler Museum at UCLA has partnered with Self Help Graphics to celebrate Día de los Muerto through workshops and discussions. (Courtesy of the Fowler Museum)

Friday, Oct. 23; 5 - 6 p.m. PDT

Día de los Muertos and Linares Studio
Día de los Muertos is just around the corner, so join this online conversation between Self Help Graphics & Art's teaching artist William Acedo and the Coronado Family. (Norma and Edgar Coronado learned the craft of making calacas cartonerías, papier-mâché skeletons, from Acedo at SHG's workshops and became master craftspeople.) They'll discuss their perspectives on calacas by Felipe Linares in the Fowler Museum's collection. Also, check out the Fowler's workshop videos with Acedo on how to create a calaca cartonería out of household materials.

Friday, Oct. 23; 6 - 10 p.m.

Virtual ArtNight Pasadena
Pasadena's signature cultural event celebrates its 20th anniversary virtually with partner organizations offering live art making, music sets, theater performances, tours, panel discussions and screenings. Programming includes The Armory's live weaving performance by Tanya Aguiñiga and music by Los Jornaleros del Norte. The Lineage Dance Company performs at The Gamble House and the Shumei Arts Council's hosts a Japanese taiko drumming demonstration featuring Makoto Taiko.

Saturday, Oct. 24; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Paulina Sahagun: Making Ofrendas
18th Street Arts Center's Arts Learning Lab @ Home holds a virtual all-ages program where participants can learn about the MesoAmerican Dia de Muertos tradition with artist and performer Sahagun. Learn the basic history, philosophy and sacred cultural rituals that celebrate life and death. Participants will be guided through creating essential Ofrenda/Altar for ancestors and recently departed loved ones. Required materials include: photo(s) of the dearly departed, their favorite foods/drinks, candles, small glass, small bottle cap or lid, ½ teaspoon of salt, a paper towel, toilet paper, sewing thread or thin cotton twine (about 30 inches), glue or glue stick or tape and scissors.

Saturday, Oct. 24; 1 - 7 p.m.

Figuratively Speaking: A Haleh Mashian Solo Exhibition
MASH Gallery
1325 Palmetto St., Suite 130, downtown L.A.
The gallery presents Mashian's first-ever retrospective, which features her 25-year study of the female form, showcasing her experience working with live models. The opening party will be held outdoors and with live Rumba Flamenco music. Face masks are required for attendance. The exhibition runs through December.

Saturday, Oct. 24 - Sunday, Oct. 25; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Virtual Brewery Artwalk
Even a pandemic can't stop a 38-year-old tradition as the artwalk pivots to a virtual format this weekend. Teaming with L.A. ArtTours, the weekend offers livestreamed tours of studios and spaces via Zoom. Check the schedule if you're interested in viewing the works of a specific artist. Registering for the tours allows for Q&A.

Saturday, Oct. 24; 6 p.m. PDT

Apple Sisters: Ghouls Night Out
If you need a '40s radio show soundtrack for Halloween, tune into the musical comedy stylings of Kimmy Gatewood, Rebekka Johnson and Sarah Lowe. In between the three-part harmonies of "Three Little Merry Murderers" and "Please Don't Kill Us," they'll regale the audience with tales of past Halloweens, get possessed by the devil and dodge a rabid murderer.
COST: $5 - $10; MORE INFO

Saturday, Oct. 24; 7:15 p.m. PDT

Pokey LaFarge
11601 W. Pico Blvd., West LA
Jam In The Van's Speakeasy Sessions present the musical stylings of LaFarge, whose genre-defying style is a mishmash of swing jazz, country and blues. There are both live and virtual ticket offerings for the show. The socially distanced VIP performance takes place outdoors and is limited to 20 people.
COST: $10 - $600; MORE INFO

Saturday, Oct. 24; 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Drive-In OC: Ziggy Marley
City National Grove of Anaheim
2200 East Katella Ave., Anaheim
The reggae artist performs two shows in support of his new family album, More Family Time, a follow up to his 2009 release Family Time. Marley tried to capture the energy of his 4-year-old son through the music. Both shows are all ages. Norm The Rhythm Child opens the early show while Zuri Marley (Ziggy's daughter) opens the night show. The number of passengers in vehicles must not exceed the number of safety belts/seats.
COST: $160 - $300 per car; MORE INFO

Skirball Cultural Center's next installment of the Skirball Stages virtual concert film series features L.A.'s Dustbowl Revival. (Larry Sandez)

Saturday, Oct. 24; 8 p.m. PDT

Skirball Stages: Dustbowl Revival and Mames Babegenush
The latest installment of the Skirball's virtual concert series features L.A.'s own orchestral-folky Dustbowl Revival, who perform fan favorite songs as well as tracks from their new release, Is It You, Is It Me. Also on the bill are klezmer tunes by Mames Babegenush from Copenhagen. The concert presentation debuts on the Skirball's YouTube channel.

Thundercat joins comedian Hannibal Buress for a night of comedy and music. (The1point8 / Carlos G.)

Saturday, Oct. 24; 4:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Thundercat + Hannibal Buress
Rose Bowl Drive-In (Area H Lawn)
1001 Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena
Attend a drive-in show with comedy by Buress and a bass lick-filled soundtrack by Thundercat. (Read our full interview with Buress here.) Both artists released albums this year: Thundercat's fourth LP It Is What It Is featured appearances by Childish Gambino, Flying Lotus, and comedian Zack Fox. Buress' Miami Nights comedy album features the single "Judge Judy." Guests in the car may not exceed the number of seats and seatbelts available in the vehicle. Face masks are required.
COST: Tickets start at $120 for two people in a car; MORE INFO

Saturday, Oct. 24; 8 p.m. PDT

Oingo Boingo Former Members Halloween Jam 2020
Ventura County Fairgrounds
10 Harbor Blvd., Ventura
It's a dead man's party as former Oingo Boingo members (Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez, Sam "Sluggo" Phipps, Carl Graves, Steve Bartek and John Avila) team with new players Brendan McCreary (lead vocals), Mike Glendinning (vocals, rhythm guitar), Freddy Hernandez (bass) and Brian Swartz (trumpet). They'll perform all the hits of yesteryear. This drive-in concert is hosted by Richard Blade. The music will be aired via FM radio, so bring one if your car stereo is broken.

X Artists Books presents a virtual conversation with artist Lynn Marie Kirby and curator Glenn Phillips about 'Oracular Transmissions.' (Courtesy of X Artists' Books)

Saturday, Oct. 24; 11 a.m. PDT

Lynn Marie Kirby & Glenn Phillips on Oracular Transmissions
Artist Kirby and curator Glenn Phillips discuss X Artists' Books new release that weaves together materials from three of Etel Adnan and Kirby's creative exchanges: Back, Back Again to Paris (2013); Alhambra Exchange (2016); and Transmissions (2017). To save us all from the drudgery of another Zoom event, this talk borrows the format of the '80s classic Mystery Science Theater 3000. A Q&A follows the talk, moderated by Alexandra Grant of X Artists' Books and Siddartha Lokanandi of Berlin's Hopscotch Reading Room.

Target Husk, as seen on June 1, 2019, opens on Sunday as a new Target, sans husk. (Courtesy of Target Husk)

Sunday, Oct. 25

I'm Open, Motherf*ckers! (Wear Your Mask)
Target (Husk)
5500 W. Sunset Blvd., East Hollywood
The store, which underwent nearly a decade vacillating between construction and inactivity, finally sheds its husk to become a real Target.

Sunday, Oct. 25 - Sunday, Nov. 8

30th Annual Art Show
Inside Out Productions and L.A. GOAL, a nonprofit organization that works with people with developmental disabilities, presents a virtual art show for its 30th anniversary. View work created by their clients and partners at the show, which will remain online for two weeks.

The Natural History Museum of L.A. County opens its outdoor Spider Pavilion on Sunday. (Courtesy of NHMLA)

Sunday, Oct. 25 - Sunday, Nov. 29

Spider Pavilion
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA)
900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park
The museum opens its seasonal pavilion dedicated to the creepy, crawly, eight-legged creatures. It features several hundred orbweaver spiders in an outdoor enclosure filled with plants, natural light and pathways. Walk among the spiders and their webs, view enclosed habitats that house tarantulas, wolf spiders and jumping spiders, and talk to educators about the various species and the natural pest control service that spiders provide. NHM has implemented safety protocols for COVID-19 and face masks are required for everyone older than 2. Spider Pavilion tickets include Nature Garden access before timed entry to the pavilion.

Pasta Sisters Food Truck collaborates with Il Caffe DTLA this weekend for dining outdoors featuring pasta and cocktails. (Courtesy of Pasta Sisters)

Dine & Drink Deals

Who doesn't miss going out to eat or stopping by a bar for a drink? Here are a few options from restaurants and bars as we work our way back toward normal.

  • Brave Robot, the animal-free, vegan, lactose-free ice cream, continues its For the Future Campaign with a limited-edition flavor and sampling truck tour. They're encouraging consumers to get out and VOTE for the future, with all proceeds going toward youth STEM education. Follow them on Instagram for locations where they'll be handing out free samples (including Westwood this Friday and Saturday morning and WeHo on Saturday afternoon).
  • The Grove welcomes baker Lara Adekoya for a Fleurs et Sel three-day residency at the shopping destination's Glass Box, from 12 to 4 p.m., Friday to Sunday (Oct. 23-25). Adekoya's treats, like her Brown Butter + Sea Salt chocolate chip cookies, have previously been available pre-order only, so here's a better chance to sample the magic.
  • The tea shop Steep LA hosts SAD, a Steep After Dark outdoor dining experience in the courtyard of Mandarin Plaza in Chinatown. Taste dishes by chef Shawn Pham of Tsubaki and Ototo in Echo Park, along with chef Tim Wah. The event runs 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (Oct. 23-24). No tickets necessary.
  • The Pasta Sisters Food Truck collaborates with ilcaffè in downtown L.A. on Saturdays, Oct. 24 and 31 from 4 to 9 p.m. to bring a tasty, socially distanced evening of pasta and cocktails. The truck will be parked in front of ilcaffè (855 S. Broadway).
  • Grand Central Market celebrates its 130th anniversary with a month-long "Market Mashup" featuring special dish collaborations between two market vendors. On Sunday and Monday (Oct. 25-26), Fat & Flour and DTLA Cheese are offering house made focaccia topped with cured meats, seasonal vegetables and artisanal cheeses ($12 - $16).
  • Bill Esparza's new project launches this week: Taqueando Takeover is a five-week rotating pop-up of taqueros and taqueras at the former Church & State space (at 1850 Industrial St.) in downtown L.A. Poncho's Tlayudas kicks things off this week by bringing its Oaxacan indigenous dishes from Thursday to Sunday.